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CMPs in the UK

From the October 14, 2012 The Guardian, an analysis of  “closed material procedures” (CMPs), or secret evidence that if disclosed might cause damage to national security or the public interest.

As proposed by the Justice and Security Bill, the BBC reports that the “final bill was confirmed in the Queen’s Speech of 9 May and was introduced to the House of Lords on 28 May”:

My government will introduce legislation to strengthen oversight of the security and intelligence agencies. This will also allow courts, through the limited use of closed proceedings, to hear a greater range of evidence in national security cases.

From a comparative secrecy perspective, I wonder if CMPs are similar to the use of the state secrets privilege and the invocation of in camera proceedings (such as in  KASZA v. BROWNER) in the United States; I also wonder how the UK’s Official Secrets Act 1989 interfaces with the new information provisions of the  Justice and Security Bill.  Nevertheless, it is clear from the debate in the UK that the ability for public oversight,  and protection of human rights and freedom of information are at question under the Bill.


Update: More on CMPs, from Secret Justice, November 1, 2012.


Written by S.

October 15, 2012 at 3:55 am